Acquittal in Colten Boushie death spurs call for reform

Acquittal in Colten Boushie death spurs call for reform

The family of an indigenous man who was killed in 2016 in Canada are taking their fight for justice to the country’s capital after a white farmer was found not guilty in the shooting death of their relative. 

Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old indigenous man from Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan, a province in central Canada, was shot dead after he and some friends drove onto a farm in search of help with a flat tyre.

A jury acquitted Gerald Stanley, who shot Boushie in the head, of second-degree murder and the lesser charge of manslaughter on Friday.

The white farmer testified that he never meant to kill anyone and that his gun “just went off”. 

The case has re-ignited long-standing racial tensions in the province and raised questions about equal access to justice for First Nations peoples across the country.

Boushie’s cousin, Jade Tootoosis, is among several members of the Boushie family who are meeting with government ministers in Ottawa this week, where they are expected to demand changes to the Canadian justice system.

Tootoosis said she wants Canada to take action “so that no other families go through what we went through.”

“We’re hoping that we have these meetings and our concerns are heard and not just listened to, but taken into action,” she told CBC News.

“We have questions and we want answers,” she added.

The family met Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott on Monday.

They also plan to meet Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on Tuesday, both ministries told Al Jazeera.

“We will fight for generations to come,” Alvin Baptiste, Boushie’s uncle, told reporters on Monday.

“I don’t want my grandkids to live li

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